Statesboro police arrested a man on a child molestation charge Sunday after a 10-year-old girl said he touched her inappropriately.
Willie Ellis, 62, of West Jones Avenue, was charged with one count of child molestation, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said in a news release issued Monday.
Police met with the girl and her family Sunday at a West Jones Avenue location, then escorted them to the Statesboro Police Department for further interviews with the lead investigator on the case, Detective Kevin Weatherly.
After it was determined Ellis "was alleged to have made inappropriate contact with the victim earlier that day," the suspect was taken into custody at the police department and taken to the Bulloch County Jail, Turner said.
"There was no indication by the victim that there were any prior incidents of inappropriate contact between her and Ellis. The victim had no apparent physical injuries from the incident. Ellis is not a relative of the victim," Turner said.
Ellis also filed a complaint with police after the alleged molestation, claiming the girl's father punched him in the face after questioning him about the incident, according to Statesboro police reports. The girl's father was not arrested, but Ellis was advised of warrant procedures, reports stated.
Anyone with information concerning the case against Ellis is asked to contact Weatherly at (912) 764-9911.
Tips on crimes may also be anonymously submitted to www.tipsoft.com, or by texting a message starting with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.